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Laura Espinal (Fed)

Materials Scientist

Laura Espinal is a Materials Scientist working in the Circular Economy Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  She received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Connecticut in 2005.  After postdoctoral appointment at Schlumberger, Laura joined the Material Measurement Laboratory in 2009.  Laura is a leading expert in analyzing the dynamic behavior of complex materials systems for applications in gas separations, catalysis, carbon capture, and gas sensors.  For over twelve years, Laura devoted her technical career to investigating the dynamic response of crystalline porous materials upon exposure to gas molecules as seen through the eyes of different sensors, including neutrons, mass, and X-rays.  Building upon her expertise in analyzing complex materials data systems, her current research focuses on facilitating the transition of battery materials for Electric Vehicles (EV) to a circular economy.  Laura is engaging with the EV battery community to identify data-related barriers in the development of methods and digital tools for managing battery assets and materials as they move through the supply chain.


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U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award (2022). Group award - For developing high-pressure reference isotherms of nanoscale porous adsorbents.

NIST Colleagues’ Choice Award (2021).  For her leadership in creating the Parents Network to unite and support caregivers at NIST during a time of crucial need.


Carbon Capture and Storage Properties of Porous Octahedral Molecular Sieve

Matthew Lawson, Jarod C. Horn, Winnie Wong-Ng, Laura Espinal, Huong Giang Nguyen, James A. Kaduk, Saul H. Lapidus, Yongtao Meng, Steven L. Suib, Lan Li
Based on the experimentally determined framework structure of porous MnO2 octahedral molecular sieve (OMS)-5, we used density functional theory-based
Created October 9, 2019, Updated May 28, 2024